An interviewer asked Oracle CEO Larry Ellison if it was worth spending $100 million to win the America’s Cup. Ellison answered that it was much better than spending $100 million to lose the America’s Cup.
That $100 million may be low by about a factor of two, according to many estimates. Yacht racing is not a big time sport in the US – NBC Sports paid nothing for the rights to televise it. Ellison is not a guy known for giving stuff away for free, but he’s trying to bring world class sail racing up to the level of a niche sport, and wanted to put on a good show. He did. The TV coverage was an outstanding demonstration of data visualization for sports. Read entire article here>